Tahiti may be the largest of the French Polynesian islands, but the other smaller, widely scattered islands in the Pacific with their white sandy beaches, waterfalls, and lagoons are a place where adventures are endless. Travelers frequent the shores of the more popular islands of Bora Bora, Huahine, and Mo’orea. French Polynesia truly is a location for eco travelers where you can retreat into nature, engage in exciting excursions, and have the most enriching experience.
Top Outdoor Activity Options To Explore And Enjoy The Surroundings
Lagoon And Ocean Adverntures
Experience the soothing, clear waters of Mo’orea on the SUP Paddle Board Lagoon Tour. There you can paddle your way into areas inaccessible by boats where sharks, brightly colored fish, and sting rays have made the lagoon their home. The tours are suitable for beginners and are a this is a relaxing activity that anyone can do, and gliding over the crystal-clear lagoon and its inhabitants is amazing.
Snorkeling in the warm waters of Mo’orea is absolutely mesmerizing being surrounded by the vibrant, friendly creatures. On the 2-hour guided tour, you will even can feed the stingrays in their natural habitat. One of the other snorkeling options is the Drift Snorkeling tour in the calm currents of Rangiroa among the rays, sharks, dolphins, turtles, and barracudas. You will also be able to make a stop at a natural aquarium for a swim with the tropical fish and eels in the beautiful marine coral garden. If you’d rather stay dry, take the Glass-Bottom Boat Tour in Bora Bora. You will have a comfortable, close-up view of the colorful coral and marine life through the glass-bottom.
There are several surf schools who are experienced at teaching beginners how to surf. Tura’i Mataare Surf School in Tahiti will provide group lessons to equip you and your mates with the skills to ride the best waves on earth.
Mountains, Valleys, And Natural Land Formations
Renting bikes on the islets is popular for those who just want to take their time. The dirt roads around the islets cover a large area where you can really get a chance to explore. The hiking options on the islands are fantastic and the scenery of the surrounding natural environment is lovely. Even if you just opt for a short hike, do not miss the opportunity. I can assure you, all the huffing and puffing is worth it. Marama Tours have a 4-hour guided adventure all the way up to Mount Ao Rai, one of the highest peaks in Tahiti.
If you would like a deeper discovery into the islands, safari tours are your best bet. The 4X4 Jeep Safari is a journey across the island of Mo’orea, past the volcanic peaks, azure waters, and lush green landscapes. You will be taken to some of the best lookout points, including Opunohu Bay, Magic Mountain, and Belvidere Lookout. Along the way, you will see a wide variety of the endemic French Polynesian nature and wildlife.
If you are eager to learn more about the geology of the islands, the 4X4 Island Discovery offered by Island Eco Tours covers the Huahine region where travelers can explore the geological formations of the islands and get a history lesson at the royal village of Maeva which is considered one of the most significant archaeological sites to exist in the South Pacific. The safari also gives you the bonus of seeing the magnificent blue-eyed eels at Faie Village. So, if you get the chance to do this tour, grab it. Just remember to bring along a good sunscreen comfy shoes and plenty of insect repellent.
Cuddle Up ln Tranquil Eco Settings
The green accommodation on the French Polynesian islands ranges from rural eco lodges, to eco-friendly cottages, yurts, seaside camping, and luxury spas. Eco Lodge and Spa Tahiti Pointe Venus is a suitable option for eco-enthusiasts. The Bora Bora Eco Lodge has an open sundeck with a view of the lagoon in a tranquil setting. In Mo’orea, you can check into Ecolodge Maharepa Pool and Beach for cozy eco lodging facilities. The Le meridian Tahiti has overwater bungalows and beautiful coral gardens and botanical gardens for guests to enjoy. Le Maitai, Rangiroa is an eco-friendly resort not far from Ganguin’s Pearl where you can live sustainably for the duration of your island getaway and have a good rest cuddle up in organic linen on reclaimed bedroom furnishings.
Whether you are heading to the turquoise waters of the coral-fringed lagoons, for a stroll along one of the sandy beaches, or hike into the lush, green valleys, come and experience a little piece of paradise in French Polynesia!